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Louis C.K. Considered Not Buying His Kids Christmas Presents: 'I Think It Would Make Them Better People'

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Last night Louis C.K. made his final appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He gave his host and friend a gracious send-off, and he shared some of trademark popular parenting wisdom.

Louis described the arms race that is buying presents for two children: "One kid can't have a better Christmas than the other one. So you keep upping the ante. The pressure is so much. I start getting a stomach ache, like, in November."

This year as Christmas was approaching an idea popped into his mind: "What if I got nothing?"

It's one part lazy cop-out, one part materialist critique: "I actually do think that one Christmas with nothing would make them more generous, more cautious, and smarter people, so it would actually be good parenting to have one Christmas where you get nothing."

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He imagined the scene on Christmas morning for his 8-year-old and 11-year-old daughters: "They come down and there's just nothing. And they're like 'what?,' and I'm like 'yeah, there's nothing here girls.' And they're like 'did Santa come?' 'Well, if he did, he didn't leave anything. Not for you.'"

In the end, he says he couldn't go through with it: "I can't do what's right for my kids."

Louis also talked about the BS behind New Year's well-wishes (even well-adjusted people are bound to get a couple bouts of diarrhea), the release of his 1998 directorial debut on his website (Tomorrow Night, which features Amy Poehler's film debut) and his most recent appearance in American Hustle.

Here's Louis talking about his "troll dad" tendencies with Jay Leno: